Storm Pounds Wichita Area With Hail

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email

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Update: Monday, February 20, 2012

What started as a windy day in KAKEland, turned severe Monday afternoon, when strong winds, rain and hail swept through the state.

"It came in pretty fast and got worse and worse, and all of a sudden it started hailing big time," said Rex Lewellen, Andover.

In November, Lewellen replaced the roof on his home in southeast Andover.

"It tore some shingles off, and raised some more up, on a brand new roof," said Lewellen.

Lewellen also lost a tree, two windows on his front porch, and the mount on his tv antenna.

"It was terrific. One word, terrific. It reminds me of April," said Lewellen.

About a mile west of Lewellen's, a roof on the Butler Community College Andover Campus was raised by the wind. A gap was left between the brick and the roof.

In northwest Wichita, near 53rd street north and Tyler Road, power poles were broken, leaving hundreds without power.

Across town, in southwest Wichita, Denise Scritchfield says she saw and felt the storm as well.

"The wind started blowing. I saw rain, and hail, and snow all at the same time. When I sat back down, the ground started to shake, and I thought maybe we were having an earthquake, and it ended up that the tree blew over in the front yard," said Scritchfield.

Even though she lost a tree, she says she was lucky.

"It could have fallen on the house, or on the cars, or across the driveway or in the street, or on power lines. It landed perfectly," said Scritchfield.

February 20, 2012

A storm with pea sized hail passed through the Wichita area before 4:00 p.m. There are numerous reports of hail covering the ground in the Wichita area.

At 5:10 p.m., Westar reported 1,400 customers in Wichita and 300 in Butler County were without power. The storm knocked down some power poles in the area of 53rd North & Tyler.

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